How do I split bills in a blended family?

Jenn Clark and Tamila McDonald •
Suburban Finance
Throwing rocks

When two families come together to form one, there’s more to manage than just the wedding and living arrangement. Both parents likely have their own financial obligations, and you’ll need to split mutual expenses. Often, figuring out how to split bills in a blended family requires some thought. Not every situation makes a 50/50 arrangement

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How to deal with huge medical bills

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar
Wise hands

A report from the American Journal of Medicine shared some sad statistics about the state of American medical care and medical bankruptcies: A 2009 study revealed that 62.1% of U.S. bankruptcies had a medical cause that year. That figure is in stark contrast to 1981, when only 8% of bankruptcies listed medical debt as a root

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How to reduce your property tax bill

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

Start by making sure you’re taking advantage of all the property tax breaks available to you. Many jurisdictions will exclude a portion of a home’s value from property taxes if you’re a senior or a veteran, or if you’re disabled. In Florida, all homeowners are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $50,000; those

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